"Voorjaarsvakantie" Vacation Park Shopping List - Gluten Free
In the upcoming weeks, children across The Netherlands celebrate Spring Vacation or Voorjaarsvakantie. Many families enjoy this week off at a vacation park like those offered by Landal Green Parks or CenterParcs.
Now, don't get me started on how I swore up and down that I would never be one of those people that crammed myself into a cheap pre-fab cottage in a faux forest to rub elbows with all manner or snot nosed kids and swim in a pool doubling as a public potty. Don't get me wrong. I love my kids & I love spending time with them. I just don't particularly like spending time with 100's of other kids & families that I have nothing more in common with than geography.
My kids LOVE these places. And, most importantly, I found one that is more upscale and driving distance from our house. I also insist on having our own free standing house so I cannot hear our neighbors. All vacation parks and cottages are not created equal. We will be heading to Hof van Saksen for a long weekend and I can't recommend it highly enough.
Okay, now you know I am a holiday snob.
Also, most vacation parks offer dining options and a small grocery store. They are somewhat higher priced, but more critical to me is that I cannot guarantee that there will be gluten free options there. And, for people with Celiac, the restaurants cannot usually guarantee that their gluten free options have not been contaminated by gluten. So, I take all of our food.
The kitchens in the vacation cottages are not luxurious, but I choose a cottage that has a combioven (combo microwave/convection oven), stove top, water cooker, and coffee maker.
Menu for a 3-Night Stay
- Sausage & Eggs
- Breakfast Bar
- Bread with cheese, sprinkles, or jam
- Sandwiches with peanut butter, pate, or cheese
- Egg or Tuna Salad
- Soup, Sausage & Sandwiches
- Drinks: Coffee, Tea, Wine, Milk, Juice Boxes
- Snacks: Breakfast bars, potato chips, fresh fruit, carrots, hummus
- Baking: Banana Muffins
My husband and kids do not need to eat gluten free and have all grown up in the Dutch culture which means they typically eat bread for breakfast and lunch. I bring a loaf of bread along for them, but they enjoy going to the park's little grocery store and getting fresh croissants and baguettes each morning. I bring along gluten free crackers. I also make the breakfast bars at home and bring them along.
The menu above is not particularly healthy or complex. That is the point. I am on vacation too, after all. These are some of my kids' favorite foods too. Everyone is happy.
One of our favorite things is to bake together so I try to fit in baking cookies or muffins. I substitute in M&S gluten free flour and coconut oil. I also add a tablespoon of M&S gluten free baking powder to ensure the muffins rise.
More Dinner Suggestions:
- Mexican Burrito Bowls - chicken breasts, vegetables, seasoning, rice & shredded cheese
- Sweet & Sour Pork Stirfry - pork, vegetables, sauce, rice
- Indian Curry with Pappadums - mushrooms, sauce, rice, pappadums, mango chutney